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Times are tough everywhere.  But, there are always many things to be grateful and thankful for — in my own life, the list is a long one and my prayers of gratitude are not nearly as frequent or as extensive as could be (the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak).  And there is a fine line between prayer, meditation and falling asleep when I lay my head down to decline concentration on this physical world, while gratitude is a constant point of view of mine, despite the tough, even drastic, conditions that beset our times.

So much so as to those conditions besetting most of us, that it no longer feels genuine to wish anyone a “Happy Thanksgiving” without consideration of the state of our nation and world today — I’d say the state of human affairs, what our “human planet” is today — and though there are always great, very great things to be thankful for, recent times prompt me to wish others a “Happy Thanksgiving And Encouragement” day:

Be well, be grateful, love yourself, your family and those you meet and greet and interact with.  Which does not mean to run rampant with a gratuitous smile, sarcasm and snarkiness or big, booming voice, it means to be thoughtful and caring for and of life, to perceive the needs and bear compassion for them — your own, those of others — to lend encouragement when only that can accomplish success and avoid failure.  Turkeys roasted are rewarding but it’s the act or deed of providing that is the big deal.

The rain today to a parched land is proof that God continues to care, even when it looks like He is weeping.

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”

-George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789.  With a wing tip to RED COUNTY for that quote.

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